Bridging the Divide Book Club

The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. There will be several moderators whose viewpoints span the political spectrum: left, right and neutral. The book selections will also be chosen to represent issues and viewpoints across the political spectrum.  The aim of each discussion is to promote understanding ... “Ah, now I understand how they can think that!” ... rather than convince anyone of a particular point of view. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.  The next few sessions and their information are:

Wednesday, December 6: Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America  by Ari Berman, moderated by Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News & Observer.

Wednesday, January 3: No meeting in January.

Wednesday, February 7: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer, moderated by Kory Swanson, president of the John Locke Foundation.

As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 21% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the counter when you purchase it.

Shop our past selections below.

Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)


Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307453433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Forum - January 29th, 2013

In the bestselling tradition of Hillbilly Elegy, the acclaimed bestseller that explains why white America has become fractured and divided in education and class


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062300546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

"You will not read a more important book about America this year."--The Economist


How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780804794220
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Stanford Briefs - March 11th, 2015

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance.


How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780199371242
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: OUP Us - October 1st, 2014

The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution.